This year's NAI Workshop will feature new presentation formats and opportunities for frontline interpreters, managers, planners, and media creators.
This event is a unique training event in that it brings together the best and the brightest in interpretation and showcases the best practices in interpretation that covers field interpretation as well as management practices. With over 100 concurrent sessions, you and your organization will reap the benefits of the best of the best, success stories, interpretive tools, and practical solutions. You will also have the opportunity to turn your biggest challenges into your greatest accomplishments when you learn from experts, leaders in the field, and fellow practitioners. The contacts you make and the innovation you will learn about ensure continued advancement in the field of interpretation.
The inspiration and knowledge you'll gain from the workshop can be exceedingly valuable for you and your organization, but we know that it may be difficult in these economic times to carve out room in the budget for professional development.
Here are just a few benefits of attendance:
Learn best practices and strategies in interpretation
Analyze management trends
Discuss hot topics with colleagues
Network and make connections with other interpretation professionals and meet interpreters from all over the world
Learn from skilled and interesting keynote speakers
Deliver more value to your organization
- More than 100 exhibitors are expected at this workshop.
- Exhibitors can expect to make more than 1,000 contacts. Many workshop attendees are at the decision-making levels of their respective organizations and agencies.
- The exhibit hall is featured at the start of the workshop, when interest is high and participants are arriving.
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens, and historical sites. For more than 50 years, NAI and its parent organizations have encouraged networking, training, and collaboration among members and partners in support of our mission: inspiring leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession.
Culinary Historian and Food Writer from the Washington D.C.
Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington D.C. area. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. He’s appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern and Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, and has lectured to over 300 groups. He has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED and the first Revolutionary in Residence at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named Twitty one of “Fifty People Changing the South.” HarperCollins released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, in 2017, tracing his ancestry from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. He is a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third-place winner of Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writer’s Awards in Nonfiction as well as the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing and book of the year.
John R. Loos Professor in the Department of History at Louisiana State University
Alecia P. Long is the John R. Loos Professor in the Department of History at Louisiana State University. She is the author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865–1920 and is also the author of a textbook titled Louisiana: Our History, Our Home. Her forthcoming book is titled Crimes Against Nature: Sex, Violence, and the Search for Conspirators in the Assassination of JFK. In the book Long connects Clay Shaw’s 1969 trial for conspiracy in the assassination of JFK to the longer history of homosexuality in New Orleans while also making plain Shaw’s role in the national movement for gay and lesbian civil rights.
Member of South Louisiana’s United Houma Nation Tribal Council
Monique Verdin is a member of south Louisiana’s United Houma Nation Tribal Council and a part of the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative core leadership circle of brown (indigenous, latinx, and desi) women, from Texas to Florida, working to envision just economies, vibrant communities and sustainable ecologies. She has intimately documented the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate, and change in southeast Louisiana, for decades. Her indigenous Houma relatives and their life ways at the ends of the bayous, in the heart of America’s Mississippi River Delta, have been the primary focus of her storytelling practice. She is the subject/co-writer/co-producer of the documentary My Louisiana Love. Her interdisciplinary work has been included in an assortment of environmentally inspired projects, including the multiplatform/performance/ecoexperience Cry You One as well as the publication Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. Monique is also the director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, a series of southeast Louisiana activations sharing native seeds and local knowledge through citizen collaboration, attempting to building a community record of history and present, while seeking sustainable solutions.